Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Chopped Salad

Chicken Bacon & Avocado Chopped Salad Recipe |

Sometimes the best salads come as a bit of a surprise.

A few weeks ago when I traveled to small-town Kansas for my friend Monica’s wedding, I ended up getting there early in the morning with the other members of our old college band so that we could rehearse for the (13!!!!) songs that we were going to play during the ceremony.  Miraculously, we somehow plowed through our rehearsal in two hours, but definitely worked up a big appetite for lunch!

A guy from the area insisted that we try a local favorite, Martinelli’s.  So we walked into this nice Italian restaurant on a random Saturday afternoon, and found ourselves looking at a menu of fancy pastas and entrees, because apparently that’s how we roll in Salina, Kansas.  :)

But instead of the pasta carbonara or gourmet lasagnas, our local friend said that his favorite item on the menu was actually their house salad — a chicken chopped salad with avocado, bacon, tomatoes, blue cheese, and a garlic dressing.  I was about to protest that I didn’t think this sounded uber “Italian”, but then I realized it-sounded-absolutely-heavenly-and-I-wanted-it-NOW.

So I ordered it.  And it was molto marvelous.  So of course I had to make it again and share it with you.

I call it a Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Chopped Salad.

I have no idea if it’s authentically Italian, but it sure as heck is colorful, amazing, and crazy good.

Yay for surprisingly good meals shared with great friends, and now great readers like you!

Chicken Bacon & Avocado Salad Recipe |

Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Chopped Salad

One of my new favorite chopped salads!


Salad Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 8 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and diced
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 2 avocados, pitted and diced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup garlic vinaigrette (see recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions

Garlic Herb Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard (optional)
  • pinch of salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. dried Italian seasonings
  • 1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil


To Make The Salad:

Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add chicken. Cook for 3 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside. (Cooking time wil vary depending on the thickness of the chicken.) Remove chicken and let rest for at least 10 minutes. Dice chicken into small pieces.

Add the diced chicken, lettuce, bacon, blue cheese, avocados and tomatoes to a large bowl, and toss until combined. Drizzle or toss with garlic vinaigrette and serve immediately.

To Make The Vinaigrette:

Whisk all ingredients together until combined.

Recipe inspired by Martinelli's Little Italy restaurant.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Chicken Bacon & Avocado Chopped Salad Recipe |

Chicken Bacon & Avocado Chopped Salad Recipe |

Chicken Bacon & Avocado Chopped Salad Recipe |

Chicken Bacon & Avocado Chopped Salad Recipe |
Chicken Bacon & Avocado Chopped Salad Recipe |

Chicken Bacon & Avocado Chopped Salad Recipe |

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  1. Bev @ Bev Cooks — March 29, 2013 @ 7:12 am (#)

    You can just chop me up and add me right to this here dang salad.

  2. Julie @ Table for Two — March 29, 2013 @ 7:21 am (#)

    this is such a GORGEOUS salad, Ali!! I love how the colors just pop and I love everything in this dish. Chicken, bacon, avocado? I would eat the entire bowl and ask for seconds. This is a winner!

  3. Cassie | Bake Your Day — March 29, 2013 @ 8:21 am (#)

    This is gorgeous! I love a simple, seasonal salad!

  4. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — March 29, 2013 @ 8:49 am (#)

    Is there a more delicious salad in the world? I vote no.

  5. Marie @ Little Kitchie — March 29, 2013 @ 9:20 am (#)

    Yep, love everything about this!

  6. Jackie @ The Beeroness — March 29, 2013 @ 3:55 pm (#)

    I would eat that every day!

  7. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 29, 2013 @ 4:06 pm (#)

    What a gorgeous salad! I don’t even like a chopped salad but I’d eat this in a heartbeat!

  8. carrian — March 29, 2013 @ 4:15 pm (#)

    That does look crazy good! Pinning this!!

  9. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — March 29, 2013 @ 5:25 pm (#)

    Honestly, if I had to dream up the perfect salad it would look a heck of a lot like this. Love your vinaigrette, too. So amazing, Ali!

  10. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — March 29, 2013 @ 5:41 pm (#)

    Who cares if its italian? This salad looks amazing!

  11. Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl — March 29, 2013 @ 6:42 pm (#)

    This reminds me of the salad that I had at Panera Bread today and it’s so pretty too!

  12. Deborah — March 29, 2013 @ 8:12 pm (#)

    I have a chopped salad on the menu for next week, but I’m thinking I need this one instead!!

  13. Kelsey — March 29, 2013 @ 8:36 pm (#)

    This is exactly the kind of salad I want to eat all summer long.

  14. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 29, 2013 @ 11:17 pm (#)

    Gorgeous chopped salad!

  15. Marcie@flavorthemoments — March 30, 2013 @ 1:15 am (#)

    I just love salads like this. These are ingredients that you can’t go wrong with, and they make such a satisfying salad!

  16. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 30, 2013 @ 1:18 am (#)

    I love love love chopped salads like this!

  17. Samantha @FerraroKitchen — March 30, 2013 @ 10:44 am (#)

    This is my kinda salad! We make chopped salads all the time and leave them in the fridge to snack I always find it easier to eat something bite sized? lol

  18. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 30, 2013 @ 11:08 am (#)

    I love a good salad. Sometimes they are just more appealing than pasta!

  19. Tracey — March 30, 2013 @ 3:30 pm (#)

    I *love* this salad Ali!! I’ve been eating a ton of BLT salads lately, and this is even better! PS – the colors in your photos are always so vibrant and gorgeous. Do you mind sharing what software you edit with?

  20. Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice — March 31, 2013 @ 2:31 am (#)

    Just the right lunch to get me through my busy afternoons at work! Lovely bright photos as well, and beautiful styling as always.

  21. Tieghan — March 31, 2013 @ 8:09 am (#)

    Ok, this is a real salad! Not on of the boring ones that makes me sad! Oh man do I want this for dinner!

  22. Nutmeg Nanny — March 31, 2013 @ 10:50 pm (#)

    Yum, this is my kind of salad, packed full of awesome flavors!

  23. Bacon a nd chicken and avocado, what not to love. I lope you had a nice time on a friend’s wedding.

  24. ashley - baker by nature — April 1, 2013 @ 7:45 pm (#)

    This might just be the prettiest salad I’ve ever seen. Now to get it into my mouth!

  25. Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 5, 2013 @ 3:19 pm (#)

    This salad is calling my name. It looks so fresh and inviting.

  26. Ashley — April 7, 2013 @ 12:50 pm (#)

    I’m sure the restaurant that featured the salad that inspired this recipe would appreciate a nod in this post…you’d probably expect one if someone adapted a recipe from you.

    • Lisa — May 14, 2013 @ 1:48 pm (#)

      They did…they even included a link to the website!

  27. Brenda Wargo — April 7, 2013 @ 2:15 pm (#)

    This looks delicious but do you have the nutritional values?

  28. Jan — April 7, 2013 @ 3:39 pm (#)

    This caught my eye when I was looking at a ziplist of this weeks featured recipes. I knew before I searched your site I was looking at a familiar favorite meal of mine. I live in Salina and frequent this place you speak of on a regular basis. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Hope you enjoyed your visit.

    • Lisa — May 14, 2013 @ 1:46 pm (#)

      Hmmm, I always love to read a snotty comment disguised as a nice one.

  29. Jenahl Alexander — April 8, 2013 @ 11:40 am (#)

    I made a version of this a couple of weeks ago. Instead of blue cheese I used feta cheese. I also used fresh spinach and baby greens, with roma tomatoes, bacon, chopped avocado,chicken breast fresh off the grill, and added dried craisins, with fresh chopped up granny smith apples. Made a citrus dressing to go over it. My wife loved it.

  30. Jade — April 8, 2013 @ 11:40 am (#)

    Definetly heading to the store to make this right now!! MMMM! <3

  31. Jenna — April 8, 2013 @ 7:29 pm (#)

    I made this tonight and the dressing is fantastic. I think it enhances the blue cheese. Much better than store dressings!

  32. Jade — April 28, 2013 @ 1:09 pm (#)

    I made this and it was amazing!!! thanks so much!

  33. Jenn — June 5, 2013 @ 10:01 pm (#)

    Glad you enjoyed your martinellis experience…..that is how we roll here ;)

  34. Haley — June 9, 2013 @ 1:18 pm (#)

    I saw this pin on pinterest and as soon as I saw the picture I thought, “OMG! That looks JUST like Martinellis chop salad!” When I linked to your blog and read that it was inspired by just that I was so excited to try making it myself. Thanks so much for posting!

  35. Kelly @ The Moon and Me — June 13, 2013 @ 8:12 am (#)

    Mmmmm…this DOES sound heavenly. I think I just found tonight’s dinner. Thanks!

  36. Natalie — July 17, 2013 @ 10:00 pm (#)

    So this salad was amazing! I changed out the blue cheese and added feta (because I am not a huge fan), but I LOVED it!

  37. Diana — July 23, 2013 @ 5:48 pm (#)

    Just made this for dinner tonight and it was excellent! I was hesitant on the dressing because when I tested it first, it tasted bitter. But after adding it to the salad it was great! Thanks!

  38. Henriette — November 20, 2013 @ 3:12 pm (#)

    Excellent for lunch or dinner! btw, I really love your pictures, thank you for sharing <3

  39. Tracey @ Cooking with Love — January 7, 2014 @ 8:09 pm (#)

    Looks super scrumptious! Perfect salad for the new year! :)

  40. Zuli — January 20, 2014 @ 3:44 pm (#)

    I meant blue not cottage

  41. Emily {Rainbow Delicious} — February 10, 2014 @ 2:19 pm (#)

    I always order this type of salad when I’m out to lunch, I forget how easy it is to make at home, thanks for the reminder and the delicious recipe! I featured your recipe in my latest weekly meal plan on my blog, thank you!

  42. Sharon — February 20, 2014 @ 9:55 am (#)

    Loved this salad. The combination of ingredients with the dressing was spot on. Will be making again and again since chicken is always in the frig.

  43. Andres — March 4, 2014 @ 6:26 pm (#)

    I would died if I try it… It looks so delicious!!!

  44. Sam — March 5, 2014 @ 8:14 am (#)

    Holy cow!! What a small world! As a Salina transplant, I have eaten that salad at THAT exact restaurant many many times. It is, by far, the best thing on the menu. :) Thank you for the recreation.

    When I saw the name of the recipe (from Pinterest) I immediately thought of the Chop salad from Martinelli’s. I was happily surprised when I opened the link to find that it actually WAS the salad from Martinelli’s. I will definitely be making this! I have high hopes, but will try not to be too judgemental if it doesn’t taste exactly the same. :) Thanks for sharing!! It looks spot-on, which of course translates to “Freakin’ Amazing!!”

  45. Chavon — April 21, 2014 @ 11:25 am (#)

    Do you know how many servings this recipe is? I need to be able to feed 12 people and this will be it for the luncheon.

    • Ali — July 18, 2014 @ 4:05 pm (#)

      It depends on how much people will eat. But I say this should serve between 4-6 people.

  46. Jenna — June 14, 2014 @ 5:02 pm (#)

    Followed the pinterest pin because it looked exactly like the Martinelli’s salad from my home town. Lo and behold, it was your inspired recreation from there! Such a small world. I adoooore this salad and have been known to destroy a large pan of it. Nomnomnom

  47. Jennifer Stewart — June 30, 2014 @ 3:49 pm (#)

    This salad is absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait to try because it has my favorite thing, bacon, in it! Looking forward to that are trying your dressing on some other salads!

  48. Mellissa — August 18, 2014 @ 5:38 pm (#)

    This salad was so fantastic! I totally loved it! Thank you!

  49. Elf916 — December 4, 2014 @ 4:52 pm (#)

    Have you ever heard this called Cobb salad. It has these exact ingredient and has been served for years. If you’ve just discovered it good for you. Its been a delicious
     staple of my diet for years.


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